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Road to Boston

A few years ago I started to take up running for something different to do in the gym while warming up for my workouts.  A friend of mine would always jump on the treadmill for a 5 min warm up before we would beat our bodies down with a solid weight workout.  At the same time my wife Jessica was running a 5 km race to raise funds and awareness for Breast Cancer.  The run was on her birthday so I decided to join her.  As I started the run with her my mind quickly transformed in to that competitive athlete mode and I took off finishing the 5 km run in 24 min.  I caught the bug and began training for a 10 km run for the local drop in centre for kids.  I set a goal to finish the race in under 50 min and did so by finishing with a 48:14 time to finish 16th overall.  

As I continued training I quickly realized that running is a great sport for a competitive goal oriented guy like myself.  I also found it to be a wonderful stress relief as I hit the open road everyday.

For my 35th birthday I set a goal of finishing a Marathon before I turned 36.  A lofty goal at best seeing that I had never run anything more than 10 km.  Now 38 I have completed 5 full marathons and 3 half-marathons and continue to get faster as I train harder.

This past October I finished the ScotiaBank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 3:23 min and was very excited about that but my ultimate goal has been to run a marathon in a major U.S. city.

That brings us to the Road to Boston.  Boston Marathon is the oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world’s best-known road racing events.  The Qualifying time is steep and those who attempt to qualify have to be right on their game.

3 hours 10 mins in the time I need to get to qualify for this race and seeing that this seems to be the most difficult athletic goal I have ever established for myself I am game to try and reach that goal.

2013 is the Road to Boston and I will post via this page all of things I will be doing to try and reach this goal.  i’ll be blogging, vlogging, posting my training schedule and some of my interactions with my coach who has volunteered to help me reach my goal.

Looking forward to seeing how the training goes and my first qualifying opportunity comes on May 6, 2013 in Toronto at the GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon.

Please pray for me that I remain injury free and that this training doesn’t take over my ultimate focus which is service to the Lord and to my family.  My prayer is that God will be glorified in all that I do.

 

 

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